“He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will….” –Ephesians 1:5
Although I desperately wanted a dog, I never wanted a puppy. I’m not charmed by the cuteness or the silly antics. Also, I had no idea how to house-train a puppy. I thought it would be better to adopt a more mature animal. What I didn’t realize was that we would inherit all the bad behaviors that Lexi’s previous owners apparently tolerated. We also had to deal with Lexi’s trauma after she was given up twice by two prior families. Now I understand why people invest so much time and energy in a puppy. If they start young, they can raise them right. On the other hand, older dogs—whatever their history—deserve a loving home. Someone has to adopt these dogs, too. So God adopts us. We’ve sinned. We’ve suffered. We come with baggage. Like stray dogs, we’re lost, wounded, unruly, unwanted. God gives us a loving home. That’s what God’s forgiveness is.
Dear God, Thank you for giving me a home with you. Amen